By the time Josh and I had both taken showers, brushed our teeth, and gotten our luggage situation sorted out, it was almost noon. The hotel manager was kind enough to grant us space in one of the unused rooms to store our luggage (the hotel didn’t have a concierge) while we attended the rest of the convention. We missed two panels I’d highlighting for the morning, the first being “The Road Less Traveled,” about an indie author who got some kind of video game contract, and an “Avatar: The Last Airbender” panel.

We did make it in time for the “Fan Fiction: Basic Plot And Structure” panel, which was actually more of a general writing panel. Like the “Posting Fan Fiction” panel the day before, this panel was a great review of creating a plot structure and a discussion of how to build tension throughout the story until the eventual resolution/climax, and all that jazz. There wasn’t anything new or innovative about the panel, not that it’s terrible that it wasn’t. Review is review, and I’m sure it was new for some people in the audience.

I think the presenter got the right mix of lecture and discussion for the panel. Things could always be smoother, of course, but I don’t think I got bored during the panel. I even took some notes during the presentation, on things that I think I could work on as a writer. It’s all basic stuff — exposition, rising action, climax, resolution, and denouement — but a periodic return to the basics is a great way to remind yourself where you came from and what you’re trying to achieve.